Steven Gerrard has admitted that he asked Liverpool about bringing Ryan Kent back to Rangers on loan once again just days before the transfer deadline.
He revealed that the club had spoken with Michael Edwards once again about the possibility of a temporary deal, but it was made ‘very clear’ that it would not happen.
“I don’t think it is a secret we tried to get Ryan Kent to return,” Gerrard said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“Liverpool knew how much we wanted the player to come back. But I was told a week ago by Jurgen Klopp that he wouldn’t be going out on loan, so I respect that decision.
“We checked again a couple of days ago. I spoke to the technical director Michael Edwards. He made it very clear, again, that it wouldn’t be happening so we had to move in a different direction.”
Manchester City’s Brandon Barker has since joined the club on a three-year deal (BBC).
Kent was an exceptional talent for Rangers last season and proved to be a real driving force for Gerrard’s side as the campaign went on so it is hardly a surprise that the Ibrox outfit looked to try their luck once again.
The 22-year-old went on to make 43 appearances for the Light Blues across all competitions, netting six goals and providing a further nine assists (Transfermarkt).
His performances were also recognised at the highest level of the game within Scotland as well at the end of the season as he was named the Scottish Young Player of the Year for the 2018/19 campaign.
However, Rangers are going to have to make do without the youngster. Indeed, when looking at the depth and quality within the squad, they do still appear to be in a strong position even without him.
The likes of Greg Stewart, Sheyi Ojo, Jordan Jones and Jake Hastie have all since arrived in Glasgow and will have further strengthened the wing options Gerrard has available to him.
It is hardly a surprise that Rangers looked to try their luck once again and bring Kent back to Ibrox this summer but they are now going to have to cope without him.
As mentioned, Gerrard has already significantly bolstered his wing options with new recruits that appear to have started life in Glasgow rather well, so perhaps, Kent will not be missed as the Light Blues may have first feared.
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